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GALA Quilter’s Guild presents City of Smiths Station with plaque, quilt in remembrance of March 3 tornadoes

On Jan. 24, members of the Phenix City-based GALA Quilter’s Guild of Phenix City donated a quilt to the City of Smiths Station in honor and remembrance of those who were deeply affected by last year’s storms.

The presentation took place inside the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, with Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland serving as the city’s official representative. Juanita Christian addressed Copeland and shared with those gathered why her group decided to create and gift the quilt to the city.

“As residents, we were so pleased how everybody came together after the events of March 3 (2019). This quilt is designed as a way to recognize those survivors and hang here inside City Hall as a remembrance of that day,” Christian said.

Along with the quilt that Christian presented Copeland was a plaque with the inscription:

“In Appreciation of All First Responders, Government Officials and Volunteers For Handling emergencies with uncompromised competence and integrity, Having a steady voice in the storm, Using courage and compassion, Providing such a meaningful service to the citizens of Beauregard and Smiths Station, Alabama.”

“This quilt is so symbolic to me. I’m sure others will too,” Copeland said. “The quilt (and plaque) will be given a prominent place in our City Hall to serve as a reminder of that day for many more years to come.”

The quilt and plaque hanging on a wall inside the main lobby of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. It can be viewed during regular business hours between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.